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8:50 PM ET, September 5, 2010


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New York Times:
Democrats Plan Political Triage to Retain House  —  WASHINGTON — As Democrats brace for a November wave that threatens their control of the House, party leaders are preparing a brutal triage of their own members in hopes of saving enough seats to keep a slim grip on the majority.
Jim Kessler / Washington Post:
To keep the 2010 midterms from repeating 1994, Democrats can learn from Reagan
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Enduring Obama's pressure
Discussion: Israpundit
Jimmy So / CBS News:
Analysts: White House Panicking Over Elections  —  Say Dems Are Distancing Themselves From Obama, Angry Over Economy, Health Care Fallout  —  (CBS) With many polls indicating the Republicans may win back control of the House of Representatives (and possibly the Senate as well) …
Discussion: Red Dog Report and Weasel Zippers
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
McCain: Dems ‘flailing around’
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Pitch Permanent Research Tax Credit
Discussion: The Politico and Prairie Weather
Fox News:
Report: Iran Paying Taliban to Kill U.S. Troops  —  KABUL — At least five Iranian companies in Afghanistan's capital are using their offices covertly to finance Taliban militants in provinces near Kabul, according to an investigation by London's Sunday Times.
Report: Iran pays $1,000 for each U.S. soldier killed by the Taliban  —  Afghan group's treasurer admits receiving money from Iran, newspaper says  — staff and news service reports  —  Iran is paying Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they kill in Afghanistan, according to a report in a British newspaper.
Discussion: Public Secrets and Hot Air
TRENDING: Tony Blair on Bill Clinton's ‘potentially sexual element’  —  (CNN) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was hesitant in an interview broadcast on Sunday to explain a passage from his new book that referenced a “potentially sexual element” to former President Bill Clinton's “curiosity about people.”
Discussion: The Politico
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Bumper Sticker Insurrection  —  Spotted by a reader at the Grand Canyon ...  Update: You know it is a really slow news day when a post about bumper stickers gets a Memeorandum thread.  —  Related Posts:  —  Bumper Stickers - The Series  —  Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and Doug Ross
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
America's History of Fear  —  A radio interviewer asked me the other day if I thought bigotry was the only reason why someone might oppose the Islamic center in Lower Manhattan.  No, I don't.  Most of the opponents aren't bigots but well-meaning worriers — and during earlier waves …
What America Has Lost  —  It's clear we overreacted to 9/11.  —  Nine years after 9/11, can anyone doubt that Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat?  Since that gruesome day in 2001, once governments everywhere began serious countermeasures, Osama bin Laden's terror network has been unable …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Who is responsible for Warmabomber's violent agenda?  —  Filthy.  Parasites.  Disgusting, overbreeding candidates for sterilization and extermination.  Possessed of false morals and a “breeding culture.”  —  Hitler talking about the Jews?  Nope.  This is Discovery Channel hostage-taker James Lee talking about ... human beings.
Darrel Rowland / DispatchPolitics:
GOP resurgent  —  More Ohioans plan to vote for Republicans in the election, and they are excited to do so.  But a lot can happen before Nov. 2.  —  THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH  —  Republican candidates have grabbed double-digit leads in the races for governor and the U.S. Senate …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Anti-war groups battle for survival  —  As President Barack Obama formally declared an end to combat operations in Iraq this week, the anti-war movement that helped sweep him into office — and that worked for seven years to bring U.S. troops home — finds itself struggling for survival.
Washington Post:
The true cost of the Iraq war: $3 trillion and beyond
Discussion: Raw Story and Peter Daou
J. Taylor Rushing / Ballot Box:
DNC chairman: Dems have helped the economy ‘turn a corner’  —  Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Democratic candidates should be proud to run on the party's economic record this fall, brushing aside concerns that both chambers of Congress could fall to Republican control.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Kaine to fellow Dems: ‘Foolish’ to run from party
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Flight attendant, JetBlue part ways after dramatic exit from plane  —  (CNN) — A JetBlue flight attendant whose fame took off after his dramatic exit down an emergency chute is is no longer employed by the airline.  —  JetBlue spokeswoman Jenny Dervin told CNN on Saturday that Steven Slater no longer works for the airline.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Jerry Brown says he'd be a frugal governor  —  (09-03) 19:33 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Jerry Brown said Friday that if elected governor he would have to “do things that labor doesn't like,” including cutting pension benefits for public employees and asking labor leaders to “put everything on the table” …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP gov hopefuls run against Obama  —  They're all Rick Perrys now.  —  A year and a half after the governor of Texas energized his reelection campaign by casting himself as an antagonist to President Barack Obama, Republican gubernatorial candidates across the country are following his example.
Discussion: Red Dog Report
Joe Arnold / WHAS:
Paul up by 15 in new poll that Conway campaign disputes  —  With just under two months until Kentucky's U.S. Senate election, a new WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows Republican Rand Paul nearly doubling his lead in the last month, now up 15 points over Democrat Jack Conway, 55% to 40%.
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Freedom's Just Another Word
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Prairie Weather
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Political Implications of Over-Bashfulness in The Non-Economics Social Sciences
Discussion: Donkeylicious and Eschaton
Small business pares down to succeed
Discussion: The Politico
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Loss of Faith in Afghan Leaders May Hurt Push Against Taliban
Muhanad Mohammed / Reuters:
Twelve killed in suicide assault on Iraq army base
Discussion: The Long War Journal and FrumForum
Brian / Freedom's Lighthouse:
Rev. Al Sharpton Calls Alabama State Senate District “Heir Property” …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Making Social Security less generous isn't the answer
 Earlier Items: 
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Graham calls Obama ‘tone deaf’
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Superbroke, Superfrugal, Superpower?
Discussion: Right Wing News
Spain's Eta ‘declares ceasefire’
Discussion: Barcepundit and Biased BBC
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Author leaving home next to Palins
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
With unemployment at 9.6 percent, why is the White House obsessed with sex?
Discussion: TigerHawk
Iran ‘stoning woman’ to be lashed over photo: son
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Times of India:
After his hand was chopped off, Kerala college sacks lecturer